America watched in fascination when the news broke that three women, all missing and presumed dead for the better part of a decade, had been found and rescued in Cleveland. Those of us not from the Cleveland area knew little, if anything, about the cases of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. I admit to my own ignorance—so much so that when I first read about the kidnappings this week, I was convinced that the dates were some kind of editorial error. When I realized that the dates in which the three victims were kidnapped were not a mistake, I became sick to my stomach thinking about what their lives must have been like for all those years. Unfortunately, the media, and much of the American public, chose to turn away from the brutality of crimes, and the seemingly growing disregard we as a nation have for the safety of women and children, and instead focused on the man credited with rescuing the victims, Charles Ramsey. Continue reading
A lot of people have been emailing me about the status of the second book, wanting to know if and when it will ever be out. Yes, the second book will be out. I’m way behind schedule on it, but I am putting in time, and hope to have the first draft done by the end of summer. As some of you already know, I’m back in school, which takes up a tremendous amount of time. I also have a lot of freelance work that pays the bills, and several comic book projects, which don’t really pay the bills, but do require my attention. As a result, it might seem like I’m slacking, when in fact I’m working incredibly hard (just not on the continuing adventures of Darius Logan). I appreciate everyone’s patience, and I promise, the wait for the second book will be worth it.
In other news…later this summer I will be re-issuing Darius Logan: Super Justice Force with an all new cover, and a slightly different title. Above you can see an initial design for the new cover (though NOT a final design), which should answer any questions as to why there is a new cover in the first place. This new art is amazing, and part of the reason for this new image is that too many people were looking at the older cover and thinking DL:SJF was a graphic novel. I wanted something that looked more like a traditional book cover and, to be honest, that was a bit more dynamic. As for the new title, it will be The Adventures of Darius Logan, Book One: Super Justice Force. I’m not going to get into the long, boring explanation for the name change, other than to say that I think with the new cover, slightly re-branding the title of the book, and therefore the Darius Logan series itself, is a good idea.
And finally, with the new cover and the slightly changed title, I will transition to using my full name, David F. Walker, as opposed to D.F. Walker. There were too many people who didn’t realize that D.F. Walker the YA author was the same person as David Walker the comic book writer, as well as David F. Walker the filmmaker. I’m just trying to make it all easier for my dozens of fans to find my work.
I saw Warlords of Atlantis in the theater when it came out, but somehow I don’t remember anything about it, other than my mother saying, “I’m never taking you to the movies again.” Apparently, the movie is that bad. The poster isn’t too good either, though I think it has a certain charm.
Please, don’t ask me for any details about this movie, because I don’t really remember anything thing about Spy in Your Eye other than the title. This seemed to be on television all the time when I was a kid, and I remember thinking at the time that the title was really cool. I also remember watching it at least twice, and both times thinking that it was terrible.
I know, It’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry into the Movie Poster Hall of Fame (or posted anything for that matter). Sorry. I’ve been busy. Here we have a great poster from THE DRIVER, directed by Walter Hill. The artist signature on this painting says M Daily, but I have no idea who that is, or if they’ve ever done any other posters.
I know that it’s be a while since I’ve posted anything, and for that I apologize. Several people have pointed out the deafening sound of my recent silence, and have mistaken a lack of posts with a lack of work on my part. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the reason I haven’t been updating this site is because I’ve been so busy. First, there was NUMBER 13, a comic book mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics. I co-wrote NUMBER 13 along with the supremely talented artist Robert Love, and the final issue just came out last month. You can still order copies of the individual comics or digital versions by clicking HERE. The entire series will be collected into a trade paperback sometime later this year. I’m also writing a new comic mini-series, but I can’t discuss it (other than to say the artist is awesome, and the book will be great). Still plugging away on Darius Logan: No Man’s Land, the sequel to my debut YA novel, Darius Logan: Super Justice Force. You can purchase DL: SJF through Amazon. I’m also still writing for MSN Entertainment, which is always fun. And for those keeping track of such things, I’m also back in school (which will wrap up for me in December). All of this stuff has been keeping me incredibly busy, which is why I haven’t been posting as much as I should. But I promise, there’s some great stuff coming up in the near future.
BAMF’s Blaxploitation Archive is a collection of reviews originally written in the 1990s that appeared in the pages of BadAzz MoFo. This review and many others have been reprinted and collected in BadAzz MoFo’s Book of Blaxploitation, Volume One, which is now available for purchase.
ACROSS 110th STREET 1972 director: Barry Shear; starring Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Paul Benjamin, Antonio Fargas, Ed Bernard
Some movies just get better the more you watch them. Case in point: Across 110th Street. The first time I saw this movie I thought it was pretty good, and I gave it a decent review. But since then I’ve watched it many more times, studying it, dissecting it, and really growing to appreciate it for the great film it is. This is one of the better films to come out of the blaxploitation era, mixing gritty direction, a powerful script and some of the best acting to be found in any of the genre’s films. Perhaps most important, this is one of those rare films that manages to transcend the genre. Continue reading
It’s been a while since the last entry into the Movie Poster Hall of Fame, for which I apologize. Since it is February, and this is Black History Month, I figured we’d take the opportunity to showcase Larry Cohen’s classic film Black Caesar. Above, we have the Italian version of the poster, which I prefer. Below, is the American release poster. I like the standard action montage imagery in the American poster, but the rendering of Fred “the Hammer” Williamson in the Italian version is much better.
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to interview football legend/actor Jim Brown. Before he would answer any of my questions, he asked me a question: “What is black?” I struggled to come up with an answer, and my first two or three responses were met with Jim shaking his head, and saying in that calm, matter-of-fact voice of his, “No. What is black?” Eventually, I came up with an answer that satisfied him (or maybe he simply got tired of listening to me ramble), and he gave me the interview. Honestly, I don’t remember what I said. But I do remember that Jim Brown’s question threw me for a loop, and that as I struggled to answer it, a realization crashed down on me like a tsunami—I really had no idea what it was to be black. That was nearly seventeen years ago—the summer of 1996 to be exact—and I am still wrestling with that question now, more than ever. Continue reading